Fukushima’s Atomic Shopping Basket

fukushimaatomicshoppingbasket This was found in a report on robotic decontamination work being conducted inside unit 3. Workers have had to innovate to overcome specific challenges when working with robots to do tasks within the reactor buildings.

In this effort two robots are cleaning up debris inside unit 3’s first floor area. The areas are too radioactive 3 years later to have workers stay in the building for more than brief minutes.

Packbot and SoRa are cleaning the area. A simple plastic store shopping basket was used to hold contaminated parts and paper towels and is simple enough the robots could manipulate it.

In another instance of trying to innovate, workers glued a door key into a large plastic crystal doorknob so the robot hand could manipulate the key to attempt to unlock a door. Much of the work at the plant comes down to a mixture of cutting edge technology and solving things with duct tape an random household items.

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